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[New!]Wally Osborne & Starfires

Satan & the Angels - Blue Eyed Soul

Tony Talent & the Coalitions

Golden Bells & Contessas

Sweet Delights

Sammy Strain & the Imperials, 1964 -, Part 4 in the series

Sammy Strain & the Imperials, 1961 - 1963 Part 3

Sammy Strain & the Fantastics Part 2

Sammy Strain & the Chips Part 1

Asbury Park Vocal Groups Pt. 2

Asbury Park Vocal Groups, Pt.1

Philly's Original Capris

Little Jimmy & The Tops

Teddy & Twilights, Deckers

Groups from Philly's Francisville - Belltones, Joe Cook's Thrillers, Royal Demons, Madison Brothers

Sensations - Part 1

Sensations - Part 2

Johnny Maestro, the Crests & Brooklyn Bridge

Johnny Stiles & the Medallions on Essex

The Plurals

The Vic Donna Story

Orioles' Deborah Chessler

Tyrone & the Nu-Ports

Windy City Harmony: Calvaes, Blenders & Accents

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Richard Barrett Part 1: The Valentines

Richard Barrett
Part 2:
Frankie Lymon & Teenagers

Richard Barrett
Part 3: The Chantels, Clickettes,
Fashions Veneers

Richard Barrett
Part 4:

Little Anthony & Imperials

Richard Barrett
Part 5: Lewis Lymon
Teenchords Jimmy Castor & Juniors

Richard Barrett
Part 6: The Channels,
Isley Bros, Del Knights

Richard Barrett Part 7: The 3 Degrees, Showmen

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bullet [New!]Choice at Roxy & Dukes
bullet [New!]Philly Ringtones at Franklin Township Library
[New!]Curators Talk, Spirituals to Soul Exhibit
bullet [New!]Sonny Til's son & grandson visit Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters
bullet [New!]Re-MedmberThen at Roxy & Dukes
bullet [New!]Quiet Storm at Roxy & Dukes
bullet [New!]Spirituals to Soul Museum Exhibit, Freehold
bulletVelvet Candles in Barcelona, Spain
bulletFilming Doo Wop Documentary
bullet2015 Portsmouth VA Gospel Concert
bullet Monmouth University West Side Music Exhibit
bulletAsbury Park West Side Music Exhibit Monmouth University - Set Up
bulletAsbury Park West Side Music Exhibit, Heaven Gallery
bullet2014 Philly Doo Wop Festival
bulletTNT with Vic Donna Group & Charlie Horner
bulletAsbury Angels 2014, Bobby Thomas
bulletRichard Nader Doo Wop Concert XXV
bullet2014 Portsmouth VA Gospel Concert
bullet Billy Vera Big Band at the Cutting Room NYC
bullet VGHA Extravaganza III
bullet Asbury Park Gospel Explosion

African American
Museum Philadelphia
Gospel Awards Ceremony

bullet Ray Goodman & Brown in Plainfield
at NJ Doo Wop Singers Club 2013

bulletEncounters at Somerset Run
bulletRichard Nader's Doo Wop Celebration XXVI
2013 Asbury Angels Plaque Dedications
bullet VGHA Acappella Extravaganza II
bullet2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
bullet Time Capsule Show 50th Anniversary
2013 Portsmouth, VA Gospel Concert
at Manchester, NJ

at New Providence Library

bulletJohn Moore's Middle Room Records Closes
bulletLittle Isidore in Fair Lawn, NJ
bulletNJ Doo Wop Singers Club Jan 2013
bulletCelebrating Asbury Park's West Side Harmony
bulletDoo Wop Singers Club 4th Anniversary
bulletChuck Berry Honored by the R&R Hall of Fame
bulletQuiet Storm at Somerset Run
bulletAsbury Angels 2012 Induction Ceremony
bullet2012 Philly Doo Wop Festival
bullet2012 Lead East
bulletTNT R&B and Doo Wop Party, Aug 2012
bulletPam Nardella's Frankie Lymon Tombstone BBQ
bullet Classic Urban Harmony Celebrates Vocal Harmony & the Masqueraders 50th Anniversary
bulletFrankie Lymon Tombstone Finds a New Home
bulletStormin Norman Seldin & Return of Ray & Darchaes in Monmouth Beach NJ
bullet2012 Portsmouth VA Gospel Concert
bulletTNT North Jersey R&B and Doo Wop Party - 2nd Anniversary
bulletAcappella Extravaganza at Molloy College 2011
bulletDoo Wop Singers Club (NJ) Third Anniversary
bulletSoul of Asbury Park Concert
bulletMasqueraders Silver Star Competition
bullet6th Annual Philly Doo Wop Festival
bulletSouth Philly String Band Club After Party to 6th Philly Doo Wop Festival
bulletTymes' Norman & Peggy Burnett BBQ 2011
bullet2011 Lead East
bullet Morris Museum Acappella & Doo Wop Concert # Two
bullet Morris Museum Acappella Concert # One
bulletClassic Urban Harmony Presentation NJ Doo Wop Groups Part 2
bulletClassic Urban Harmony Presentation NJ Doo Wop Groups Part 1
bulletMorris Museum LaBamba & Quiet Storm Concert
bulletMorris Museum Jersey Rocks Exhibit Opening
bulletMorris Museum Jersey Rocks Launch Party
bulletEvening With Vocal Group Legends Concert
bulletRe-memberThen Finds Its Echo
bulletSteve Applebaum Tribute Concert
bulletWFDU Fundraiser, Teaneck, NJ March 2011
bullet Four J's Jimmy Testa Tribute & Benefit Concert
bulletVic Donna Group Rehearsal at CUH Headquarters
bulletPam & Charlie's 5th Anniversary Celebration - Multi Parts
bullet2010 Philly Doo Wop Festival
bullet"Doll Face" Musical Comedy
bulletNJ Doo Wop & Street Corner Harmony Association
bulletNick @ Nite Open Mic Night
bulletLeins Wedding
bullet"Fun-Raiser" at South Philly String Band Club
bulletRichard Naderís Summer Doowop Reunion XXI
bulletPhilly Doo Wop Diner Mural
bulletMaking Crossroads 2
bulletCornerstone CD Release Party
bulletVirginia Legends of Gospel Concert
bulletS. Philly Stringband Club Jan 13, 2010
bulletRemembering Ronnie I. Concert Nov 2009
bulletPGHA's Heavenly Harmony XII Concert
bulletS. Philly Stringband
bulletFilming a Documentary
on Acappella
bulletAcappella Group Soul'D
Out on
Oct 2009
bulletBattleship New Jersey Dance & Concert
bulletWVLT Cruisin' 92.1 Concert
bulletTymes' Norman & Peggy Burnett 2009 BBQ
bullet2009 Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival
bulletAcappella Group Choice at Franklin Township Public Library
bullet American Bandstand Studio Fundraiser
bulletAcappella at the South Philly String Band Club Revisited
bulletFour Man Trio at At Dover NJ's Attilio's Tavern
bulletNicky Addeo at Asbury Park's Wonder Bar
bulletASAP's First Acappella Concert
bulletAcappella at the South Philly String Band Club
bulletVisiting Radio's Past & Present at WDVR-FM
bullet Chicago SoulTrip USA
bulletR&R Hall
of Fame
Interview with
Orioles' Deborah

bulletSilhouettes' John Wilson Visits CUH World Headquarters
bulletNJ Doowop Group Harmony Club, 2009.
bullet New Years Eve 2008 with Nicky Addeo & Nite Owls
bullet 2008 European Road Trip: Deep River Quartet & Golden Gate Quartet
bullet 2008 Black Swan Burlington Concert
bullet 2008 Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival
bullet Mills Bros,
Ink Spots
Beach Haven

bulletPhilly Doo Wop
Festival 2008

bullet Philly Doo Wop
Festival 2006


    In Tribute

bullet Dick Rietveld, Deep River Quartet
bullet Robert Murphy, Neighbors Complaint
bullet Walter McNeil, Gospel Nobleaires
bullet Jewel Akens, 4 Dots
bulletVirgil Johnson, Velvets
bulletCleotha Staples, Staple Singers
bulletDarlene McCrae, Cookies, Raeletts
bulletGregory Carroll, Four Buddies, Orioles, Dappers, Ink Spots
bulletJerome Ramos, Velours
bulletMickey "Guitar" Baker
bulletEarl Speedo Carroll, Cadillacs
bulletMajor Harris, Delfonics, Nat Turner Rebellion, R&B Soloist
bulletBilly Scott, Prophets
bulletCleve Duncan, Penguins
bulletDeborah Chessler, Songwriter,Mentor to the Orioles
bulletWilla Ward, Ward Singers, Gay Charmers
bulletBobby Thomas, Vibranaires, Vibes, V-Eights, Orioles
bulletJohn Jones, Moments Pleasure, Norristones, Copians
bulletChester Brown. The Counts
bulletJimmy Ellis, Trammps, Cordells, Exceptions
bulletJimmy Castor
bulletJack Scandura
bullet Cadillacs' Bobby Phillips
bulletBobby Robinson
bulletRobins' Grady Chapman
bullet Blue Notes' Roosevelt Brodie
bullet Moonglows' Harvey Fuqua
bulletCrests' & Brooklyn Bridge's Johnny Maestro
bulletDelroys' Reggie Walker
bulletSolitaires' & Vocaleers' Herman Dunham
bulletValentines' & Del-Knights' Eddie Edgehill
bulletChris Bartley
bulletSilhouettes' John Wilson
bulletLes Paul
bullet Castelles' Billy Taylor

    1950's R&B &
    Doo Wop


The Academics 


The Avalons


The Avons


The Blue Notes (original)


Claude Robinson & Creations


The 5 Embers


The Juveniles/ Twilights/ Embers


The Silhouettes

    1960's Soul

bulletThe Ad-Libs
bullet Jackson Five (Pre-Motown & Other Rarities)

    Carolina Beach Music

bullet The Poor Souls

    Modern Era
    Doo Wop Groups

bullet40 Years of Group Harmony: Ray Block's Photos of Vintage, Ad-Libs, Reunion, Bon-Aires, East River Drive
bulletYounger Dayz

    Gospel Groups

Angelic Gospel

bulletClaude Jeter & the Swan Silvertones

    Early Black
    Vocal Groups
    1870 -1930


The American
Jubilee Singers



The Dinwiddie Quartet

   History of


The 60th Anniversary of the Vinyl 45 RPM Single

    Rare Record

bulletHico Label

   Holiday Harmony

bullet Vocalaries' White Christmas
bulletPenguins' A Christmas Prayer
bulletDominoes' Christmas In Heaven
bulletCameos' Merry Christmas
bulletDrifters' White Christmas
Lonely Christmas


bullet Philadelphia Area Doo Wop & Acappella Groups
bulletBermuda Vocal Groups


Unknown Vocal Groups

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Acappella & Doo Wop at the South Philly String Band Club

Just about every second Wednesday evening  at 7 PM, the South Philadelphia String Band Club comes alive with great acappella harmony.  Located at 2820 Porter Street (near 28th & Passyunk) in the heart of South Philly, the small club is usually packed with doo wop aficionados and singers.  People come from near and far to hear a featured established vocal group doing a couple of sets and the singing doesn't end there.  After the featured group you can count on the other singers in attendance to get up and do some impromptu acappella singing - a real acappella-fest.  In between live groups, DJ King Arthur spins music for the dancing and listening pleasure of the audience.  Often DJ Jimmy DePre spins records too, aimed at the record collectors in the house.  If that isn't enough to make it worth the nominal $10 cover charge, admission also includes is a delicious Italian buffet.  The gathering is a "Who's Who" of the Philadelphia Doo Wop music scene.

This regular Doo Wop and acappella event is the creation of Eddie Natale and Bobby Buerklin and has been growing in popularity since it was first started in 2007.  Eddie and Bobby are both from the Grays Ferry neighborhood of South Philly, an area that produced many vocal groups.  "This has been a dream of Bobby and myself for many years," said Eddie.  "It is our way of giving back to the music, which has been such an important part of our lives.  It was actually the brain child of Bobby Buerklin and stemmed from the closing of a doo wop spot on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philly called Ozzie's.  We would meet there every other Thursday to hear the groups sing.  There was no stage; the groups strolled around the dining areas and sang.  Bobby often remarked to me that we needed a permanent place for the groups to get together.  When Bobby was elected Vice President of the South Philly String Band, he immediately asked the board about using the Club twice a month for Doo Wop get-togethers.  He approached me and asked if I would contact the various groups and invite them to sing at this new venue and if I'd do all the PR work via email.  The beginning was modest and after a few months we had to change from Thursdays to Wednesday evenings.  Thus began the Wednesday night era.  As the mailing list grew and word spread throughout the city and suburbs, the attendance at the club became gigantic and we became a monstrous venue for R&B vocal group harmony.  Various DJ's like King Arthur, Benny Marcella and Jimmy DePre came in and spun those great oldies dance numbers for dancing between sets."  

Now, twice a month, Eddie sends those on his email list a notice of when the next meet-up will be held and who the featured group will be.  Since parking is on the street, it pays to get there on time as the club is always packed.  Bobby Buerklin, who incidentally used to sing with the Doo Wop group the Intentions, is also the cook who prepares the great buffets.

Neither Eddie nor Bobby make a cent on the String Band Club acappella events; it is purely a labor of love for both.  They do this solely to preserve this genre of music that they love.  It is but a new chapter in their ongoing quest to never let the music die.  The motto coined by the neighborhood is, "Where else can you go for ten bucks, eat a great buffet, and listen to the greatest music of all time?" 

Though South Philly is a considerable drive from Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters, we've attended the acappella fest on numerous occasions and always had a great time!  We've posted some photos from our May 20, 2009, visit to the South Philly String Band Club.  The featured acappella group that night happened to be Quiet Storm who did a great job.  Junior (Jimmy DePre) & the Four Seniors also supplied some additional harmony as well as the usual acappella-fest with many of the other singers in attendance.  While these photos reflect just one night, the scene is repeated twice a month throughout the year.


Eddie Natale & Charlie have been friends for many years.  Eddie's one of the keys
to keeping the music alive at the South Philly String Band Club.

Bobby Buerklin, Vice President of the South Philadelphia String Band Club
and former member of the Intentions.  Bobby also cooks those great buffets.

King Arthur, Pam & Charlie.  "King Arthur's Crown Sounds" radio show can
be heard on DestinationDooWop.com.  King Arthur deejays at the Club between groups.

King Arthur and his wife The Queen (Janet).  "The Queen's Crown Jewels"
radio show can also be heard on DestinationDooWop.com.

Billy Taylor, formerly of the Castelles, Dreams, Spaniels, Orioles and Dominoes
and Matt Atkinson of Tony & the Masquins, Troupers, Matt Brown & Concepts & several other groups.

Oil Can (Harvey Holiday's radio producer), Pam and Cornerstone's Golden Voice Harry

Quiet Storm, singing songs from their new CD.

Quiet Storm

Jack Strong (formerly of the Lytations & Contenders, now with
his own radio show, JP's Salad Bowl, on DooWopCafe.net) & Pam

Music historians, Steve Applebaum & Bob Bosco.  Catch Bob's
latest article on the Fantasys in Echoes of the Past

Junior & the Four Seniors
[left to right:  Jimmy DePre, Bobby Buerklin, Joe Mehl (formerly of the 4 Graduates & Juke Box Serenade),
John Paloney (formerly of the Intentions, the Ecstasies, Memory Lane and many other groups),
Dave Moore (formerly of the Ecstasies).

Tom Rowell (left), Frank Torpey (front) formerly with the Contenders

WVLT 92.1 Radio's Mike Carr of the "Forgotten Oldies" show

The Radio Deejays: [Back row from left: Charlie Horner, Jim Bakay (WRDV, GoldRadio),
Dennis The Doo Wop Cop (WVLT), King Arthur (DestinationDooWop.com), Mike Carr (WVLT),
Johnny B (GoldRadio), The Skipper (WVLT); Front row from left: Jimmy DePre (DestinationDooWop.com),
Carl Tancredi (GoldRadio), Jack Strong (DooWopCafe.net), The Queen (DestinationDooWop.com).

Jim Bakay (of Street Corner Five and radio WRDV, GoldRadio) & King Arthur

Carl Tancredi of GoldRadio's "Work With Me Annie" show

Charlie & Castelles' Billy Taylor

Pam & The Queen

Mike from the Little Bourse & Golden Voice Harry

Dave Moore (formerly of the Ecstasies) & Jimmy DePre

Dennis Gillen, formerly of Rick & Masters

Charlie, Matt G. & Dennis The Doo Wop Cop

John Paloney leading the Seniors

Eddie Natale & Castelles' Billy Taylor

There were many friends there that we didn't get pictures of this time around.  We'll do better next time.
Our thanks to Eddie and Bobby for all they do to keep group harmony alive!  As Eddie pointed out, "Ultimately the success
of Doo Wop at the South Philly String Band Club is due to the continued fantastic support of all who attend these events."
If you'd like to receive email notifications of South Philly String Band Club events, contact Eddie Natale at his new email address eddie7792@gmail.com

For photos and a write up on a later visit to this Acappella-fest, click Acappella & Doo Wop at the South Philly String Band Club Revisited.


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